Meet the team

Kings Walden’s team is really friendly and bouncy. Happy staff, happy business – that’s what we believe.

Bridget Hilton-Barber


Hotelier Bridget Hilton-Barber had a long and colourful career as a travel writer and author before returning to her ancestral home at the beginning of 2019 to become Kings Walden’s mein host and brand ambassador.

Lara Luis

assistant manager

Lara Luis, assistant manager and food & beverage manager, brings to Kings Walden a fabulous combination of organisational efficiency and food flair. She’s been in the hospitality and restaurant business for years.


Head chef Elizabeth Modjadji Phokungwana and assistant chef Creasy Gabaza Sono are the wonderful women responsible for the delicious food served by Kings Walden. Both were trained by Steven Jacobs, a Belgian Michelin-star chef.

These are the guys who make sure you have a good time in our bar and restaurant – from left: Valentine Ramadzuli, Donald Rashoopola (duty manager), Matimba Mkhawana and Walter Machethe


Selinah Maake and Nolleen Mthabine are our clean team in housekeeping.

And without these guys our beautiful gardens wouldn’t have the love and care it relies on; from left: ‘Shakes’ Rawus Chauke, Enoch Mathedimuse, Patrick Rasebotsa and ‘General’ Lordwick Nkuna.


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our address:

Kings Walden Garden Manor
Old Coach Road, Agatha
PO Box 31
Tzaneen 0850